Tips To Help You Create The Herb Garden Design Of Your Dreams
Your herb garden design can be as simple or intensive, formal or informal, as you’d like. Following a few basic tips can help you create the herb garden that’s right for you and also increase the value of your property.
Low growing plants look best in small and formal gardens.
A variety of different heights look best in an informal garden.
Place taller herbs in the back.
The shortest plants will be in front, some of them being used as border accents.
Choose the plants proportionally to place behind the others.
Consider placing culinary herbs in one area.
Place different aromatic herbs in different locations for the full effect of their fragrances.
Include the presence of a path through part of the herb garden.
Every spring divide old clumps of oregano, thyme, and mint and replant them. This will increase the life of these herb plants and expand your herb garden.
Place the plants in the order that pleases you.
Keep adding perennials to your garden beds.
Do not place dill and fennel side by side or they will cross-pollinate!
Consider adding a bird bath and hummingbird feeders.
Add a bench or chair so you can sit and enjoy your herb garden.
Accents in your garden
Some gardeners like to maintain a constant border with one herb, perhaps lavender, rosemary, or parsley. One of my garden beds is a mix of herbs, old-fashioned herbal flowers, peppers, and eggplant with a border of beets around it, as I like the red foliage of the beets. Another flower-herb bed contains artichokes, calendulas, and feverfew with a border of strawberries. You’d be surprised at how this pulls the visual appeal of the garden together. If you want to use two or maybe even three plants as a border, arrange them in a way that you have a visually pleasing pattern to them.
To set your herb garden design apart or just portions of it use hedges, trellises or even wooden fences. If you can’t use any of these or don’t like these ideas, why not enclose the area using rows of potted plants or container herbs.
An important rule to remember is: the larger the garden, the more maintenance it demands. If you have the time, energy, and don’t mind then the sky is your limit, make it as large as you want or as many different gardens as you’d like.
We now have 16 gardens and they do take a lot of time, but we are willing to put in the time as we enjoy them. We make sure each garden has perennials as well as herbs and plants that self seed each year. Saving seeds and doing cuttings, divisions, and layering helps keep down the cost of purchasing new plants each season.
Grouping your plants
When deciding your herb garden design and exactly where your specific herbs will live, you really don’t have to worry about breaking any hard and fast gardener’s rules. One rule to keep in mind is to separate those herbs that like the dry soil – like rosemary and thyme – from those that need more moisture – like basil and parsley.
One More Tip
The most important advice I can give you is to create your herb garden design exactly how you want it so you get the most enjoyment out if it.